Solas 2013

We’re home from another fantastic weekend at Solas – the creative arts festival we’ve been going to for the last three years. We’ve loved it each year we’ve gone, and it certainly didn’t disappoint this year.

Some beautiful things from the weekend:

1) The new location – a lovely venue, set in the middle of Perthshire. The campsite was well-run, and our surroundings were beautiful.

2) Some fabulous music, good discussions, a cooking demo (using local ingredients), and some fun songs and stories.

3) The children’s programme was, as usual, really excellent. Our kids spent a wonderful four hours making shelters, making nettle strings, toasting marshmallows over the campfire, and other fun things with BEES.

4) The kids slept in until 8am on Saturday morning (a very rare occurence!).

5) Meeting up with friends we last saw a year ago.

6) Time just to wander, and soak up the atmosphere.

7) A wonderful communion service on Sunday morning, accompanied by some beautiful singers – I could have listened to them for hours.

8) While there were several short, very sharp, rain showers, but somehow we never actually got wet the whole weekend. Not only that but the wind picked up in time to perfectly dry our tent before we needed to pack it away!

Weekend fun, and weekday madness

Wow – I can’t quite believe that it’s been more than a week since I last had time to blog. We had a fabulous weekend away at Solas Festival, and then M had her end-of-year dancing display on Monday and Tuesday nights…

So, we spent the weeknd doing this:

  and then there’s been rather a lot of both of these…

The kids have enjoyed doing some of this…

and there wasn’t as much of this as we anticipated!

Megan had lots of fun at her dancing display.  Her ballet class danced in
the candy stripe outfit to “Truly Scrumptious”, and
she was a ladybird in her tap performance of “Talk to the Animals”.

And here she is, all ready for the Finale 🙂 .  
And me?  Well, I’ve spent the last few days running around frantically, taxiing children from one place to the next, being chief hairdresser-cum-makeup artist, ensuring the correct outfits/uniforms are all ready and in correct order, and cleaning all the camping equipment. Thank goodness school breaks up for the summer holidays tomorrow!

A circle of hills, perfect day, and listening.

1) Solas is nestled in the heart of the Southern Uplands. A is delighted that we are encircled by hills.

2) A day filled with wonderful music, poetry, thought-proving talks, and hilarious drama. Loving it!

3) I sit reading quietly in my tent, as the kids settle to sleep. From my solitude, I can hear the quiet chatter from surrounding tents, the evening chorus from the birds, the gentle patter of raindrops and the music from Aurora (main stage).

School’s out! Camping, and Cuddles.

1) M comes running up and throws herself into my arms… School’s out for the summer!!

2) The tent is up, and we’re all settled in enjoying a family dinner together.

3) Cuddling our kids, we enjoy the beautiful sounds of Emily Smith and band – just fantastic, and a lovely way to begin our weekend…